Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”
Tough verse to live up to sometimes. I know I’ve sometimes embittered my children because of my own selfishness, not because I was doing what was best for them. No one wants to be a “discourager” but rather an “encourager.” Older translations say, “exasperate your children or they may lose heart.” So when we frustrate our children to the point of bitterness then we are not being wise, loving parents. We need to learn to walk the line of love and truth, challenge and acceptance.